Ignoring the boundaries of countries and generations, three actors, a female dancer and two chefs concoct a new eating ritual that walks the tight-rope between the subdued concentration of a Japanese tea ceremony and the exuberance of a cannibal dance.
They draw inspiration from familiar and exotic pots and pans to put together a universal menu for their audience. Obscure vegetables and products from overseas bubble away in a melting-pot of customs and practices. The victuals are dished up and served to those present with great care and devotion and with respect for convention. Taste buds are caught off guard, gastronomic reason is challenged. Me gusta is a cultural adventure that is full of surprises. And it requires total abandonment on the part of the audience!
Anyone who has seen the kitchen concert Patatboem and the culinary peep show PEEP&EAT knows that Laika sets out to tantalize more than just the eye and the ear. Smelling, tasting and feeling are also very much part of the new production Me gusta.